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Graduate Record Examinations are an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States.

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Exotic insect pests can produce both short-and long-term effects on forest ecosystems. Shortterm effects include the disturbances directly associated with the action of the pest, which may cause the ...
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"Whether was" vs. "Whether wasn't"

Here is a GRE question. The reclusive clergyman may have lived and died in melancholy, but this doesn’t seem to have hampered his genius in any way. On the contrary, we find ourselves wondering ...
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What is the optimum answer to this GRE sentence-equivalence question?

The researcher noted that microbes, although _____, make up far more of the living protoplasm on Earth than all humans, animals and plants combined. A. invisible B. omnipresent C. diminutive D. ...
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GRE Text Completion - choosing between Instigated and Prompted [closed]

I came across the following two-blank text-completion question: The discovery that exposure to allergens through the mother's diet during the last trimester could lead to complications during ...
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"overweening swagger" vs. "overweening pretension"

I came across the following two-blank text-completion question while preparing for the GRE: ① ______ by circumstance, the entrepreneur once known for his overweening ② _______ was now seen by ...
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Make a guess about historic events

I am wondering what's the right structure to make a speculation about a past event. I have a GRE writing in which I've put forth a few speculations which could weaken the argument. I've tried to use a ...
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Very confusing GRE Reading Comprehension passage. My way of reasoning is mentioned. Please help with mistake in my way of reasoning [closed]

In own words: The rapid gravitational collapse theory was challenged by the observation during the studies of moon craters. The study revealed that the craters were caused by impact of objects(...
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Why is "depredate" the correct answer?

I came across a question while practicing for my GRE. That Egyptologists believe the ancient Egyptians’ memory of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun quickly faded after his death is based on the fact that ...
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Sentence Equivalence Question

This question is part of 5 lb. Book of GRE® Practice Problems Verbal Question Directory. The following is a GRE-style sentence-equivalence question, where two of the six given options fit the meaning ...
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Vocabulary Question [closed]

This question is part of 5 lb. Book of GRE® Practice Problems Verbal Question Directory. The following is a GRE-style sentence-completion question, where you must fill each blank with a suitable ...
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Question about GRE sentence in supporting the passage?

I am confused about the this solution. It says that the author includes "East End working-class theaters" to illustrate that the magazines can sway public opinion. Although the preceding sentence ...
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GRE sentence completion, alternate choices

What is wrong with "celebrated" as the first choice and "experiment with" or "distill" as the second? It seems certainly possible that a playwright's approach is celebrated because he/she has ...
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Disagreement with my English teacher on a GRE reading comprehension question...would like your opinion [closed]

I've come across a question where me and my teacher disagree on what is the correct answer for a GRE reading comprehension question. First, here is the passage: ...Before feminist literary ...
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What does this phrase ("..for who knows which ideas now considered ...might one day upset the prevailing paradigm") mean?

The following sentence is a GRE style text-completion sentence, where you must fill in each blank from only one of three enlisted options. It is telling that some scientific ideas that were once (i)...
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What does "notwithstanding" mean in this sentence?

I'm trying to understand complex sentence-completion questions whilst preparing for the GRE examination. Here is one such sentence: The demands of _____ and _____ notwithstanding, a page or two in ...
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GRE text-blank completion

The following is a GRE-style sentence-completion question, where you must fill each blank with a suitable option from the three given. I emboldened the right choices. For environmental advocates, ...
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What does "…not immune to such charges" mean?

This is a GRE text completion sentence To claim that the prevailing account of an important incident, whether it happened last century or last week, is corrupted by disinformation is to enter ...
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GRE sentence completion question - word ambiguity

The following is a GRE question from the Hard practice question set of the Official ETS guide, 2nd Edition. Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of ...
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Below are few words who appear extremly simple but have altogether very different meaning

Broadside: it means "Verbal Attack" Aboveboard: means "Honest" Underwrite: means "Financial support" Can you please help me understand what are these called? I am aware of Homonyms and Homophones ...
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"Dramatic irony" context

I have the following GRE question. Instructions: Fill in the blank. _____ is achieved when the audience is made aware of a disparity between the facts of a situation and the characters understanding ...
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GRE word frequency [closed]

I was studying GRE sample questions, and thanks to google English meaning bar it shows the "Use over time for..." that word. After seeing a lot plots, I found a pattern. Most of them has been least ...
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GRE practice question: Using evidence

This is a question from a GRE practice test. I am confused about the term "uses evidence" and why the selected sentence is correct. Here is the question: 17. Select the sentence in the passage in ...
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What does "Far from ...but" mean?

I read it in GRE test. The questions is that Far from viewing Jefferson as a skeptical but enlightened intellectual, ..... So, in my opinion, Jefferson is not skeptical, and he is enlightened. Is ...
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Adverb vs adjective [closed]

"Civil rights icon Rosa Parks will forever be remembered for adamantly refusing to give up her seat on a public bus--even after the bus driver insisted, she remained rooted in place." In the above ...
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What part of speech does "fledgling" have in the following sentence?

"Murray has years of experience in family practice, but he is just a fledgling in surgery." In the above sentence, is fledgling a noun or an adjective? Or, is it both? Is that why both noun and ...
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Verb or adjective

"If it weren't for the mitigating circumstances, he would have certainly lost his job." In the above sentence, what is the part of speech for the word "mitigating"? I am preparing for the GRE and ...
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Can political principles be "piously brandished"?

The following is a GRE sentence completion question. The most striking thing about the politician is how often his politics have been (i)_____rather than ideological, as he adapts his political ...
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What is the word to describe an advanced vocabulary?

Instead of using a common word like "sad", one can use "morose" to make a more vivid image. Or in professional fields words like "pedagogy" are used instead of a more common word like "education". We ...
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GRE question. What is the meaning of "irregular" here? [closed]

Pick two words that each fit in the blank and results in the sentence having the same meaning. The__________ nature of the room was considered extraordinary by everyone, even Tamika who realized ...
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What are the mistakes in these sentences? GRE AW examples

I was looking at the sample essay responses for the GRE's Analyze an Issue task, and the reader commentary for those, but I don't really understand the reasons the following sentences have "...
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Blank Questions in GRE

question: for the second blank, because of "But" we can decide to put "justified" and it's clear that the others do not make sense. but for the first blank I think all three answers can be placed ...
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GRE Question : pair that expresses relationship similar to original pair [closed]

Frugal : miserly :: ... confident : arrogant courageous : pugnacious famous : aggressive rash : foolhardy quiet : timid Option 1 (A) was the answer. Can someone explain the logic ?...
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GRE Sentence Completion -2

It comes as no surprise that societies have codes of behavior; the character of the codes, on the other hand, can often be _________ . A) predictable B) unexpected C) admirable D) explicit E) ...
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GRE Sentence Completion Question

Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce completed sentences that are alike in meaning. As my eyesight began to ...
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Reading Comprehension Question: How to narrow down to correct answer? [closed]

Passage (Its a bit long) The pioneers of the teaching of science imagined that its introduction into education would remove the conventionality, artificiality, and backward-lookingness which ...
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Reading Comprehension question [closed]

Here is a GRE practice question that I have an issue with. It is given here, Question #7. Passage: French cuisine is highly regarded all over the world. Yet in Paris there are more American ...
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GRE question - not convinced with the answer

Should we really care for the greatest actors of the past could we have them before us? Should we find them too different from our accent of thought, of feeling, of speech, in a thousand minute ...
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Why is 'qualified' a better fit than 'recapitulated' in this GRE sentence?

The following is a GRE sentence completion question. In failing to see that the justice's pronouncement merely ______ previous decisions rather than actually establishing a precedent,the novice ...
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GRE : Choose any two words which when substituted in blank produce sentences with similar meaning [closed]

Sentence : Perhaps the policy prohibiting background checks was to blame for the fact that the police force, usually staffed by men of high moral values, had been infiltrated by so many__________ . ...
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GRE Question. Why was 'reinforce' the incorrect answer in "the notes mimics/reflects/reinforces the meaning"?

From Kaplan's GRE Premier book, 2014, p. 105: Word Painting is a musical technique in which the progression of the notes ______ the meaning of the lyrics; a famous example of this can be found ...
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Is not it better to use adopt rather then use revert to

Recently, I have faced a question like below: The new systematic nomenclature was so (i)__ that many chemists preferred to (ii)__ the older trivial names that were at least shorter. At least, that is ...
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GRE reading comprehension [closed]

The following passage is given: Recently an unusually high number of dolphins have been found dead of infectious diseases, and most of these had abnormally high tissue concentrations of ...
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(GRE) Verbal Reasoning

The following is taken from the Princeton Review's Cracking the GRE, 2013 Edition. Can someone please help me understand why choice (C) is offered as the correct answer? I know my confusion stems from ...
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Comprehension help required

I was given the following question for comprehension pasted below: What does John mean when he says that he would only win his own money? And I answered that John meant that Marry won't be betting ...
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The plural of One [closed]

I have a statement: 'The writer says we must all feel excitement and strangeness at the idea of going to sea.' Now I have to remove "we" here and replace it with "one" or any other third person. ...
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(GRE) Parallel Structures

The following is a sample question taken from the revised version of the ETS-administered Graduate Record Examination (GRE). I normally try hard to understand the logic behind selecting the choices ...
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A GRE verbal question -- I think the given answer is wrong

According to my understanding the choices to this question is only A. But the answer sheet says the correct choices are A and C. The question asks the conceptualization about gender in western culture....
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A fraction less than something? [closed]

I encountered a question which is phrased: A book store stocks 1/5 of its books as fiction works, and 1/3 less than the fiction books as self-help books. What fraction of books are fiction and ...
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How should I understand "the idea" in this sentence?

The following is an excerpt from a GRE Verbal exercise: The hypothesis of an expanding Earth has never attracted notable support, and if it were not for the historical example of continental drift, ...
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How should I understand "tone" in this context?

The following is a GRE sample question. Jean Wagner’s most enduring contribution to the study of Afro-American poetry is his insistence that it be analyzed in a religious, as well as secular, frame ...